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New javelins with temperature and humidity measurement

We recently discussed the convenience of installing wireless javelin probes in warehouses for four main reasons: they are cost-free to install, they are easy to use, they can be moved from one warehouse to another, and they are also scalable. In this way, you can verify the system in your facility before making a major investment. 

Responding to our customers’ requests and within our continuous improvement program, at Gescaser we have developed a new version of the javelin with more features. In addition to being wireless and measuring the temperature, the new version of the javelin incorporates a sensor capable of measuring the humidity of the cereal.

With these new javelins, the supervision tasks for the optimal conservation of cereal in warehouses are no longer based solely on temperature control, but rather can monitor both the temperature and the humidity of your stored cereal.

Thus, within optimal quality margins, the two values can be combined to determine the maximum storage period.

Generally speaking: the lower the moisture content, the higher the acceptable temperature..

Let’s see an example.

The period of 6 months can provide an example: grain quality will not be reduced after half a year if the grain moisture content is equal to 12.5% and the temperature is 25 °C [point C on graphic]. The second example for the same safe storage time of 6 months is: the grain moisture content equal to 17.5% and the temperature 5 °C [point D on graphic].



Safe storage
Drying and Cooling Grain in Bulk - Hand book, Part I by A. Ryniecki

As you can see, the new javelins provide you with very valuable information on the status of your grain. And, the more information you collect, the more facilities you will have to keep the grain in optimal conditions.

The challenges for GESCASER in 2022

Portada_Los retos de 2022 para Gescaser
Portada_Los retos de 2022 para Gescaser

With December already here, it is time for GESCASER to review the strategies carried out throughout the year. 2021 is ending and as the tradition indicates, it is time to make balance, assess the actions that have worked, detect those that can be improved and define the objectives for 2022. Has it been a good year? Have we achieved the business objectives? 

In this balance, we go a little further and we go beyond the company’s accounting and innovation projects, so that we also review some of the actions carried out this year focusing on the most important value for Gescaser: the people.

What actions has Gescaser contributed to society in 2021?

This 2021 has still been a year marked by the COVID crisis. Therefore, the main challenge during the pandemic has been to preserve the health and safety of its employees by providing them with protective equipment and materials (masks, hydroalcoholic gel, antigen tests, etc.) and facilitating flexible working.

Furthermore, this year, at Gescaser we have proposed to contribute to local action projects. A decision that was reached by consensus among all workers to promote internal communication. In this sense, the entire team has received a Christmas batch of proximity products made by people at risk of exclusion from the El Pla Special Training Center (CET), a non-profit organization located in Almacelles.

In turn, at Gescaser we have also collaborated with the ‘Banc dels Aliments, an apolitical, non-denominational and non-profit foundation that fights against food poverty and combats food loss and waste. This Catalan entity has organized the ‘Gran Recapte’ since 2009, a mass food collection campaign. Since the beginning of the pandemic, it has assisted 267 thousand people in a precarious situation and estimates that it will need about 10 million euros to supply food that guarantees demand during 2022.

What are Gescaser’s challenges for 2022?

As a technological company with installations around the planet, one of the most important challenges is reducing our carbon footprint to curb climate change. How? The coronavirus crisis has shown us that we can offer equal quality of remote service without needing for long journeys. At Gescaser, we will continue to promote virtual encounters and meetings as much as possible.

Likewise, another internal objective is to promote the rule of the three Rs (reduce, recycle and reuse) and promote sustainability during the production and development of new products.

Finally, in the technological field, the goal for 2022 is to launch a more intuitive temperature control application (CTC+ software) following the steps of the current CTClite application (the iOS version will be available during the first half of next year), designed for smaller installations. Therefore, another goal for 2022 is to continue investing in research to enhance these new tools which will complete the versions of the existing CTC+.

CTC lite, the new App for cereal control

CTC
CTC lite

After a year of dedicated work, it is now a reality. 

We have recently launched a new app to be able to monitor grain temperature without having to rely on cables or distances. 

This new CTC lite App is available for free through Google Play and Apple Store to download.

 

What exactly is the CTC lite?

The CTC lite is an enhanced version of the previous software CTC Android. It is a mobile App to monitor the temperature of the stored cereal from anywhere and at any time.

 

What are the key enhancements of CTC lite?

This new App has many advantages compared to its predecessor.

 

1. It can be used anywhere and from any device

In addition to being able to visualise temperature data without the need for wiring, CTC lite allows you to have multiple installations within the same app and, as a user, you can select and change from one installation to another in a very quick and intuitive way.

 

2. Data can be shared between multiple users

CTC lite allows several users within the same installation to have the app installed on their individual device. If one individual takes a temperature reading, all the other users with granted access will be able to visualise it by sharing the temperature information.

 

3. It can be used in areas without signal

You can use CTC lite offline when taking temperature readings on site. As soon as the device is connected to internet, all data will be uploaded and you will also be able to check historic data.

 

4. Data can be exported and analysed

All temperature readings are stored within the app for graph visualisation and to be able to analyse temperature trends. 

In addition, all data is available through https://ctclite.gescaser.com/ and can be exported in CSV format, which can then be treated using a spreadsheet software. 



Temperature alarm and heat map

How far do you see the red on a traffic light?

In order to help spotting and identifying high temperature values from your stored grain, the CTC lite app allows the user to specify a temperature of alarm so that any sensor exceeding the selected temperature is automatically highlighted in red. 

This helps visualising at glance the different temperature sensors of the installation and check that there are no high temperatures that could potentially be a source of problems. 

Similarly, a colour code including green, yellow, orange and red has been established to help easily identify hot spots.

Would you like to know more? 

Feel free to contact us for more information or DEMO request. 

A world of possibilities

Have we ever met? 

If so, you will know that at Gescaser we manufacture temperature and moisture probes. Our systems are designed to monitor the cereal conditions and its status during storage. 

Controlling the grain helps preventing its deterioration and, with it, serious economic losses. 

We have numerous examples that we could explain to you.

 

A new stage begins

After more than four decades and hundreds of international clients, the time has come to share everything we have learned. Advice and information about the different tools will be shared in this space to help you preserve your grain in the best conditions. 

Because… you know what? 

If you are a grain producer and need to store it, you may already know that anticipating is of outmost importance. Due to temperature and humidity conditions, the presence of insects can lead to quantitative losses and even depreciate its quality. 

So, to avoid this situation, anticipating is necessary. As the saying goes: Losers react, Winners anticipate.

 

Losers react. Winners anticipate

We do not intend to convince you; we just want to show you the different possibilities available to you. And this is because we know first-hand that having a grain monitoring system is necessary to prevent future issues. 

We have been learning it since 1973.

Will you join us?